Wordsworth’s Classical Undersong

Education, Rhetoric and Poetic Truth

  • Richard W. Clancey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Wordsworth’s Academic Training

  3. Wordsworth and Horace: Ethos and Poetic Truth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Richard W. Clancey
      Pages 67-86
    3. Richard W. Clancey
      Pages 87-109
    4. Richard W. Clancey
      Pages 110-124
  4. Classical Undersong: ‘lively images’, ‘strong feelings’, ‘purest Poesy’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Richard W. Clancey
      Pages 127-149
    3. Richard W. Clancey
      Pages 150-163
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 180-215

About this book


Wordsworth's classical education presents an amazing paradox. Gifted teachers trained him in the full rigours of classical Latin and Greek. But Wordsworth's schoolmasters were enlightened, liberal and advanced. They were committed to the Classics and to modern literature. In their enthusiasm they shared their volumes of contemporary poetry with Wordsworth. His was a holistic literary education. Wordsworth developed a profound love for the Classics and thus an enlightened zeal for a new poetry, a poetry capable of being compared with and even daring to compete with the Classical texts he so dearly loved. Richard Clancey's meticulously researched study presents new biographical information on Wordsworth's classical education and new facts about the education of his teachers.


Aristotle education English literature enthusiasm ethics Greek literature love poetry rhetoric truth William Wordsworth Wordsworth

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard W. Clancey
    • 1
  1. 1.John Carroll UniversityClevelandUSA

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